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© Spring and Fall Sessions
ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate, N. C.
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland. N. C.
Spring and Fall Sessions
ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate, N. C.
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C.
Forty-first Spring Session held with the church at
Howards Chapel, Stanly County, North Carolina on
Saturday before the first Sunday in May, 1925.
Also the Ninety-Third Annual or Fall Session held
with the church at High Ridge, Union County, North
Carolina, on Saturday before first Sunday in October,
BEAR CREEK PRIMITIVE BAPTIST
PROCEEDINGS SPRING SESSION
Howards Chapel Church, Stanly County, N. C.
May 2, 1925.
Assembled at the Stand on church yard at 11 a. m.
Introductory Sermon delivered by Elder W. C. Ed-
wards, Text 1 verse of 99 Psalms. Intermission one
hour for dinner.
At 1 :30 convened in the house. Praise and prayer
by Elder R. H. Pittman, visitor from Luray, Va. Then
Elder Edwards took his seat and proceeded. .
1. Called for the Letters from the churches. These
handed in and read by Brother H. M. Baucom and
all messengers named seated:
2. Re-elected Elder W. C. Edwards moderator and
J. W. Jones, Clerk.
At this juncture. Elder J. R. Wilson, who being pres-
ent arose and stated that he made a mistake in Serving
among us before his trouble at Danville had been in-
vestigated, which had caused some dissatisfaction and
misunderstandings among our people and expressed
his sorrow and regret of same and asked for foregive-
ness which was unanimously granted. Elders Hanks„
Pittman and Cayce, ail of whom vv^ere present stated
that they fully believed the true identity of the church
at Danville was with Elder Wilson and those v^ho stood
with him in the trouble there. Then Elder W. F..
Pruett arose and stated that possibly he had caused
some confusion here in our county and asked to be for-
given, which was granted.
3. Invited visiting brethren and sisters present
from sister associations to seats. Elder J. A. Cave of
Senter, and Elder W. C. McMillan of Tenn., Elder
J. M. Royal and wife of Thurmond, N. C, Elders Lee
Hanks, M. L. Einer and W. E. Cribbs of Georgia and
Elders R. H. Pittman of Virginia and C. H. Cayce of
Arkansas, Elder C. B. Kiiby of Sparta, N. C, and
Elders J. T. Lewis, J. S. Lewis and J. R. Wilson of Vir-
ginia, Elder W. F. Pruett of Ruffin, N. C, and Elder
H. M. Williams and the two brother Bentleys of Silver
Creek and the following brethren and sisters: T. A.
Fender and wife of Mountain District; W. S. Shepherd
of Mill Branch and W. L. Browning and wife and Sister
Parris of Burlington, N. C. and brethren Chaney^
Hawker and Terry from Virginia were present, seated
and welcomed. Minutes received and distributed from
Senter, Mountain District, Fishers River, Roaring Riv-
er, Silver Creek and Consolidated Tennessee and Nol-
4. Appointed on arrangement committee brethren
P. A. Howard, W. M. Clontz, S. D. Outen with the
Moderator and Clerk.
5. Elected the following ministers, Elders, W. C.
McMillan, Lee Hanks, R. H. Pittman and C. H. Cayce
to preach at the Stand tomorrow. Service at 10 a. m.
6. Adjourned to 9:30 a. m. Monday. Benediction
by the Moderator.
Saturday evening preaching at Stand by Elders W.
E. Cribbs, J. M. Royal and W. C. McMillan.
SUNDAY SERVICES, MAY 3
Opened with Praise and prayer by Elder Pittman.
Preaching first by Elder W. C. McMillan, Text 14 verse
of 20 chapter of St. Matthew, followed by Elder C. H.
Cayce, Text, Show Thy Self Approved unto God, etc.
Intermission one hour for dinner.
Then preaching by Elder Lee Hanks (Did not get
Text), followed by Elder R. H. Pittman who preached
from matter found in Second Chapter of Tytus. The
preaching all good and in demonstration of the Spirit.
MONDAY MORNING, MAY 4
Met pursuant to adjournment. Praise and praye-r
by Elder J. A. Cave.
7. Called on arrnagement committee to report. Re-
port read and approved.
8. Called roll of messengers and noted absentees.
9. Called on corresponding messenger to Sister as-
sociations to report. None reported.
10. Called on corresponding messengers from Sis-
ter associations to report. Reports made by Elders W.
C. McMillan, H. M. Wilhams and J. A. Cave.
11. Invited our visiting ministers and brethren
present for expressions or comments. Elders C. H.
Cayce, R. H. Pittman and C. B. Kilby expressed
pleasure and comfort in the meeting.
12. Called on Presbyteries to report. It was re-
ported that on Saturday before the Second Sunday in
October, 1924, Elders B. L. Treece, L. J. Gresham and
W. R. Helms formed a Presbytery at New Zion church
and ordained brother Will A. Helms to the work of
gospel ministry and also that on 16 day of October,
1924, Elders J. F. Mills, W. C. Edwards, B. L. Treece
and D. S. Jones formed a Presbytery at Clarks Grove
Church and ordained brother Jason Eudy to the work
of gospel ministry and also that on Saturday before
the fourth Sunday in March, 1925, Elders W. R.
Helms, Jason Eudy and some Deacons formed a Pres-
bytery at Liberty Hill church and ordained brother
John T. Crisco as Deacon.
13. That we return thanks to God for his mercy
and to this church and people of the vicinity for hos-
pitality during this meeting.
14. Read and approved above minutes.
15. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in
Preaching Monday at the Stand by Elders Cave,
Riner and C. B. Kilby.
Elder W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator.
J. W. JONES, Clerk.
MESSENGERS SPRING SESSION, 1925
Bear Creek — A. J. Furr, J. A. Barbae, H. Almond.
Bethany — Not represented.
Concord — J. F. Burrus, M. A. Helms, W. D. Furr.
Clarks Grove — Robt. Lee, Elder Jason Eudy, G. W. Barb-ee.
Crooked Creek — H. M. Green, Luther William.s, Gilbert Benton.
Freedom — L. M. Hinson, A. J. Deese.
Flat Lake — C. C. Hall, O. F. Haywood, C. E. Dennis.
High Hill— W. M. Clontz, G. W. Helms, J. J. Hill.
Hig-h Ridge — Elder W. C. Edwards, John Smith, J. B. Medlin
Howards Chapel — M. F. Coble, Arch Carpenter, Thomas Howard.
Jerusalem — C. B. Thomas, H. F. Curlee, T. F. Mills.
Jones Hill — Virgil Whitley, Walter Greene, A. A. Morton.
Liberty — Oscar Whitley, Stanly Burges, Oscar Broom.
Liberty Hill — J. T. Crisco, A. A. Gilbert, C. F. Morton.
Lawyers Spring — R. L. Horne, W. A. Dry, H. M. Baucom.
Meadow Creek — H. A. W^illiams, Elder D. S. Jones.
Mountain Creek — Elder B. L. Treece, J. S. Misenheimer, J. C.
Pleasant Hill — J. M. Taylor, F. M. Helms, R. C. Perkins.
Pleasant Grove — L. L. Griffin, C. N. Mullis, T. A. Helms.
Philadelphia — ^S. J. McKiney, William Davis, Foster Beam.
Running Creek — W. T. Tucker, J. D. Eury, E. N. Hatley.
Union Grove — Ed Privett, S. D. Outen, F. L. Baucom
New Zion — W. M. Coley, S. M. Underwood. ,
Watson — Troy Simpson, W. A. Hargett, Joel Mullis.
Absentees marked thus *
BEAR CREEK PRIMITIVE BAPTIST
NINETY-THIRD ANNUAL SESSION
High Ridge, Union County, North Carolina
October 3, 1925.
Assembled at the Stand on church yard at 11
o'clock and Introductory Sermon preached by Elder
B. L. Treece, Text 25 verse of 5 chapter of St. John.
Intermission one hour for dinner.
About 1 :30 p. m. convened in the house. Praise
and prayer Service conducted by Elder R. O. Raulston
a visitor from Chattanooga, Tenn. Then Elder W. C.
Edwards resumed his seat and proceeded in usual
1. Called for the letters from the Several Churches.
These handed in as called and read by brother H. M.
2. Letters shoYv^ed all the churches in peace and
their messengers seated.
3. Re-elected Elder V/. C. Edwards Moderator
and J. W. Jones Clerk.
3. Invited visiting messengers from sister associa-
tions to seats. Elder H. M. Williams and the brother
Bentleys of Silver Creek and Elder J. A. Cave of Senter
were present and seated.
4. Invited visiting ministers, brethren and sisters
from sister associations to seats. The following pres-
ent and welcomed: Elders R. O. Raulston of Tenn.;
S. G. Candiil of Statesville, N. C. ; J. R. Wilson of Dan-
ville, Va.; W. F. Pruett of Ruffin, N. C. ; and brethren
Idol and Snider of High Point, N. C. Minutes from
5. Appointed a committee of arrangements as fol-
lows: Elder D. S. Jones and brothers J. S. Misenheimer
and L. L. Griffin with Moderator and Clerk to report
order of business for Monday.
6. Appointed brothers Jonas Misenheimer and C.
W. Safley committee of Finance to report Monday.
7. That the following visiting ministers present are
appointed and invited to preach at the Stand on Sun-
day, viz: Elders J. A. Cave, R. O. Raulston, S. G.
Candiil and W. F. Pruett. Service to commence at
10 a. m.
8. Adjourned to 9:30 a. m. Monday. Closed with
prayer by the Moderator. .
While the association was in Session in the house
preaching service conducted at the Stand by Elders
J. A. Cave and J. R. Wilson.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
Preaching service, first by Elder J. A. Cave, Text
12 verse of 8 chapter of Hebrews, foliovv^ed by Elder
R. O. Raulston, Text '^There is Now, therefore no con-
demnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, etc."
Intermission one hour for dinner.
Then Elder S. G. Candill preached from 12 to 15
verses of 2 chapter Phil., followed and closed by Ei-
der Vv^. F. Pruitt from 18 verse of 1 chapter of Isiah.
The preaching was all good and comforting.
MONDAY MORNING, OCT. 5
Met in the house pursuant to adjournment. Praise
and prayer by Elder Henry Taylor.
9. Renewed invitation to visitors to seats.
10. Called on arrangement committee to report.
Report read and approved.
11. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees and
read Rules of Decorum.
12. Called on corresponding messengers to Sister
associations to report. None reported.
13. Called on corresponding messengers from sis-
ter associations to report. Elder J. A. Cave of Senter
reported peace and a desire to continue our corres-
pondence. Same by Elder H. M. Williams of Silver
14. That we continue our correspondence with
Sister associations and that any of our brethren v/ho
attends them are appointed to represent us in such
meetings. Also continue to exchange minutes.
15. Called on Presbyteries to report. Brother Sam
Rimmer reported that himself and Elder E. A. Long
and Deacon J. F. Rurrus formed a Presbytery at Pleas-^
ant Hill church on Saturday before the fourth Sun-
day in August, 1925, and ordained brother J. M. Tay-
lor a Deacon. Also Elder D. S. Jones reported that
himself and Elder Robt. Helms formed a Presbytery
at Meadow Creek Church on Saturday before the
third Sunday in August, 1925, and ordained brother
Minutes of the Ninety -Third Annual Session
Bear Greek Primitive Baptist
was held with the church at
Liberty Hill, Stanley County, North Carolina
October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 1925
They met at 11 o'clock
The introductory sermon was cleiivered by Elder T. M.
After an intermission of one hour they jviet in the House vVhere
iH'aise and piuyer was led by Elder W. K. Williams.
1. Call for and read letters from the churches, and seated
2. i-'Jlected Eld. T. M. Stanley as moderator, and E. L. Harwood
3. Ai:)poini:ed a committee on Arrangements — D. M. Hathcock,
U. M. Hatley, VV. E. Williams with moderator and clerk. '
4. Committee on Finance — J. E. Russell and T. M. Broom.
5. Adjournment until following morning
First day's session dismissed at 10 p. ni.
SATUllDAV MOKNIxCG, OCTOBER 3rd
The, Association mcl pursuant to adjournment.
Praise and prayer was led by Eld. T. I\f. Broom.
6. Call on Committee on Arrang-ements to report. The com-
mittee reported: "We your Committee beg to submit the follow-
ing- report: That we have our minules published in "The Lone
Pilgrim.'' Get it before the Baptist at large on what we stand-
for, and what we had to do and why we did it; also republish
our 1920 resolutions." ,
7. Appointed Eld. T. M. S'andley, D. M. Hathcock, E. L. Har-
wood, J. E. Russell as messengers to the Black Creek association.
8. Called on presbyteries. No repDrt.
f). Called on Committee on Finance. They reported —
Gent up by tho churches this year $10. 50
Left on hand from last year 6.00
Printing of 1025 Minutes.... 15.00
Balance on hand 1.50
10. The clerk to serve as treasurer and have 500 copies of
these minutes printed and distributed.
11. Our next Association to be held with the Church at Moun-
tain Creek, six miles north of Albemarle; to begin on Friday
before the fourth Sunday in September, 1926.
ELDER T. M. STANDLEY, Moderator.
E. L. HARWOOD, Clerk.
RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED IN 1920
We the undersigned churches, once being in joint membership
with the Bear Creek Association, but a portion of them having
plunged so deeply into disorder, that we, of the faithful order,
cannot endure it any longer, and withdrew and declare non-
fellowship for the disorderly faction of the Bear Creek Associa-
tion and all others that follow after or with them. We come
out from them as one of old, hoping and trusting in the God
of Heaven, walking as we hope in faith as Abraham of old
trusting in God, who lead him and instructed him, and we trust
He is with us — the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
As God . was with them, we hope He is with us to, guide us
The Bear Creek Association was set up in the year 1832. We
believe on the true principle of the Baptist, and we subscribe
"and maintain the same principle of our fathers and the waving
party has departed from these true principles of our fathers,
and we can no longer follow with them. We declare non-fellow-
ship for their disorder and stand on the true platform of our
forefathers set up the Bear Creek Association. We are of the
same faith and order contending for the true principles of God's
kingdom. * ■
Now we will give some of the gross disorder they have
plunged so deeply into that we cannot fellowship, wherein the
Mountain Creek church had to exclude B. L. Treece for telling
lies and acting in poor faith, and other things he was guilty of.
And inasmuch as the Moderator and Clerk and others with them^
of the disorderly faction of the Bear Creek Association recogniz-
ing B. L. Treece and others that were excluded with him, as
being the Mountain Creek church and would not investigate the
trouble. Although the Mountain Creek members plead for an
investigation and the said disorderly faction would not hear nor
:illow the members of the Mountain Creek church to explain the
trouble and they would not investigate. Although they went on
and recognized B. L. Treece as being the Mountain Creek church.
They a.'e preaching him as an orderly preacher, which we can
not fellowship and do hereby declare non-fellowship for the
Be it understood that we have no fellowship for the J. K.
Wilson faction, B. F. Caudle, C. W. Safley, nor any that follow
ELDER T. M. STANDLEY, Moderator.
E. L. HARWOOD, Clerk.
ARTICLES OF FAITH
1. We believe in one only true and living God, the Father, Son
and Holy Gh'^.sl:, and these three are one
2. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testa--
ments, translated by King James, is the written testimony cf
God, and the only ruler of our faith and praclice.
3. We T^elieve in the doctrine of eternal and particular election
4. We believe in the doctrine of original sin.
5. We believe man's impotency to recover himself from the
fallen state he is in by nature or by his own free will or ability.
6. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God
only by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.
7. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, re-
generated and sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
8. We believe that the saints shall preserve in grace and never
fall finally away.
9. We believe that baptism, the Lord's supper and feet wash-
ings* are ordinances of Jesus Christ and the only true mode of
Baptism is by immersion.
10.' We believe in the resurrection of the deacl and a general
Ill We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting;
and the joys of the righteous are eternal.
12. We believe that no minister has a right to the admin-stra-
tion of the ordinance except such as are regularly called and
^.r-^o under the hands of a Presbytery.
13. We believe it to be disorder for the member of the church
to unite with any of the Secret Institutions of the day* that now
are in existence, or that shall hereafter come in to practice.
Preamble from a long series of experiences we, who hope we
are, the Church of Christ at are
convinced of the necessity of coming together as often as may
be in order to hold conference and to discharge our duty in
watching over each other as Christ hath commanded.
Ordered therefore that the following decorum be a rule for
the church to conduct hersielf by in her future conferences. We
will not forsake the house cf God or the assembling of our-
selves together. Nah. 10:39. Heb. 10:25.
Article 1 — The conference shall be composed of the members
of this church, together with any members of sister churches
that are present in good standing and fellowship of the same
faith, and order who have liberty to seats with us. Acts 4:23;
Article 2 — The conference shall be opened and closed with
praise to Almighty God. I Tim. 2:1. I Thiss. 5:17-18. ,
Article 3— -One shall be chosen to preside who shall be ad-
dressed under the appfication of Brother Moderator and to whom
■ every speech shall be particularly addressed. I Cor. 14:26-40.
Article 4 — The members names being regularly enrolled shall
be the clerk be distinctly called over when thought necessary by
the church. Acts 1:15.
Article 5 — A door shall be published open when thought neces-
sary for the admission of new members into this church but
none shall be admitted but by unanimous consent and who shall
first verbally relate their experience or give an account of the
work of God oti their souls and when full satisfaction shall be
obtained the Pastor, I)eacon or Moderator shall manifest the
, same by giving them ,the right hand of fellowship thereby re-
ceivin^- Lhem in the church. I Peter 3:15. Gal. 2:19.
Article 6 — No complaint shall he brought in to conferoffice
against transgressing members respecting crimes of a , private
matter until the aggrieved party has complied with the directions
given by our Lord in Matthew 18:15-17.
Article 7 — Every motion made and second shall come under
the consideration of the conference unless withdrawn by the
member who made it. I Cor. 14:40.
Article 8 — Every query presented^ shall be thrice read and
before it is received the Moderator shall take a vote and ac-
cordingly 'as there is a majority for or against debating it; it
shall be answered or not, but the querist may withdraw it at any
time providing also that no - indirect query shall be imposed or
Ariiclo 9 — If the minority shall be grieved at any time at
the determination of the majority . they are hereby directed to
make the same known immediately to the church and if satis-
faction cannot be obtained it may be necessary in that case to
call for help from sister churches.
Article 10 — ^All the business of the conference shall be re-
corded by the clerk and before conference rises the same shall
be distinctly read and corrected, if need be.
. Section 1. Any member refusing to attend conference the
same is disorder.
Section 2. Any member absenting him or herself from con-
ference without leave the same is disorder.
Section 3. A:ny member whispering or laughing in time of
public speech the same is disorder.
Section 4. If two or more shall speak at one time or any
member speak without rising up and addressing the Moderator
the same is disorder.
Section 5. Any member speaking more than three times on
one subject without leave, obtained the same is disorder.
Section 6. Any member being grieved at anything done in
conference and shall hold his or her peace and shall not let the
same be known until the conference rises and shall afterwards
speak of the same, as it manifestly tends to confusion, it is
hereby deemed disorder.
Section 7. Any member speaking or actiiig in wreath or anger
or in a threatening, degrading manner as it shames religion,
wounds the cause of Christ, and grieves true Christians, it' is
hereby deemed disorder. '
Section 8. If the Moderator shall neglect to plainly and
timely reprove any member transgressing any of these rules, or
misbehaving in any manner irrevently in time of conference the
same is disorder in him, and himself is for the same liable to
be reproved. .
Section 9. The woman hath not a right by the law of Christ
to usury authority over the man and therefore ought not to
speak in the church only in case of conscience sake or in such
particular circumstances that the matter of the thing may
Section 10. If any membet shall absent him or herself from
conference as much as three times in succession shall render to
this body the cause of it. ^
Section 11. The Moderator shall have the right to give his
views on any subject or vote in case of a tie providing he ap-
points one to sit as Moderator while he makes his speech or
gives his light on the matter.
COVENANT AND AGREEMENT
Article 1. It is understood and agreed upon by the church com-
posing this Union that each church if it so chooses may send
not more than three brethren with a letter, certifying their ap-
pointment; the number baptised during the year preceeding; re-
ceived by letter; restored; dismissed by letter, excluded or died;
also the total number in fellowship at the time of sending said
Art. 2. It is understood that no church on becoming a member
of this Union parts with or surrenders any of Ker rights, pri-
vileges, duties or responsibilities given her by the Great Head
of the Church, and made binding on her in the New Testament.
Art. 3. It is further understood that all disciplinary power and
right pertaining to membership or fellowship in the church be-
longs exclusively to the church or churches that this Union shall
not assume the right to dictate to nor in any way interfere with
he internal rights of the churches.
Art. 4. Any church of this Union may withdraw at pleasure
either by letter or without it but in either case it will be ex-
pected that said church first give notice to the Union of her
desire in this particular.
Art. 5. Any Church may be dropped from this Union compact
by request of two or more churches but his nor any other act
of the Union shall not of itself be regarded as officially im-
porting or breaking church fellowship among the churches of
this union nor the members of the churches; we regard all
matters touching fellowship as belonging exclusively to the
Pago 3 oven
Church or churches and requiring their official action to make it
6. Art. 6. This Union shall not form any alliano3 correspon*!-
ence or relation with any institution, secret or otherwise, except
t3 correspond with other Primitive Baptist Unions, I he churclies
v/hich are, known o be of the same faith and order with the
churches composing this Union.
Art. 7. Churches petitioning for membership will be admitted
on giviftg satisfactory evidence of their being of the same faith
and order with the churches composing this Union.
Art. • S.^-This Union being formed by the churches as their
chosen method to cultivate acquaintance and promote unity and
correspondence among Primitive Baptist of like precious faith
and order and will have no other article of faith than that
which each church already has and which each member of this
body has already endorsed and to which he is amenable in the
church of which he is a member.
Art. 9. Whatever may be the deficiency in the wording of
Union agreement nothing herein will be so construed as to
imply that this Union is in any way ,a separate and distinct in-
stitution from the churches and no 'amendment shall ever be
made constituting it a body separate from and independent of
the churches of which it is composed^
Art. lO. The Union shall have a moderator and clerk of the
body and it is agreed that the moderator and clerk of the church
with which the Union convenes shall be the moderator and clerk
of the Union ii^^case of their absence the members present shall
elect others to serve pro tem.
CHURCHES WITH CLERKS AND ' THEIR POSTOFFICES
ALSO COMMUNION SUNDAYS
Albemarle — E. L. Harwood, R. 4, Albemarle, N. C. — Third
Sunday in August.
Liberty Hill— L. C. Blackwilder, R. 2., Mt Pleasant, N. C—
Fourth Sunday in July.
Jones Hill— J. S. Little, R. 2., Oaksboro, N. C.— Third Sunday
Mountain Creek— J. E. Russell, R. 2., Albemarle, N. C.,—
Second Sunday in September.
Meadow Creek— D. M. Hathcock, Stonfield, N. C— Fourth Sun-
day in August.
Pleasant View— W. E. Williams, Monrfte, N. C— Second Sun-
day in August.
H. A. Williams a Deacon and that himself and Elder;:'
Robt. Helms and Jason Eudy formed a Presb5i:ery at
Clarks Grove church on Saturday before the second
Sunday in Septem.ber, 1925, and ordained brother R.
J. Lee a Deacon.
16. That our coming Spring Session convene with
the church at Pleasant Grove, Union County, N. C, on
Saturday before the first Sunday in May, 1926, and
that Elder Jason Eudy preach the Introductory Ser-
mon, Elder Will A. Helms his alternate and Service
commence at 11 o'clock a. m.
And that our next Annual or Fall Session be held
with the church at Union Grove, Union County, N. C,
commencing on Saturday before the first Sunday in
October, 1926, that Elder J. M. Bagwell be appointed
to preach the Introductory Sermon, Elder W. C. Ed-
wards his alternate. Service to commence at 11 a. m.
17. Treasurer read last year's financial Statement
v/hich showed now on hand from last year $ 4.05
18. Finance Committee reported sent up
this year 120.60
Total minute and Associational Fund $124.65
19. That the Clerk be Treasurer and superintend
the printing of 1100 copies of these minutes and dis-
tribute them out as usual and that we allow him same
amount as last year for his services to the association.
20. That we return thanks to God and this church
and brethren, sisters and friends of the community for
kind hospitality during this meeting.
21. Agreed to distribute surplus funds to ministers
22. Above minutes read and approved.
,23. Then adjourned to times and places above
mentioned. Short prayer by the Moderator. Preach-
ing at the Stand on Monday by Elders J. A. Cave and
R. O. Raulston.
Elder W. C. EDWARDS, Modertor, Wingate, N. C.
J. W. JONES, Clerk, Peachland, N. C.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT, YEAR 1925
Sent up by the churches for minute and Assso-
ciational Expenses $120.60
Left over from last year 4.05
Total Funds $124.65
For Printing- and Mailing Minutes $45.00
Allowance to Clerk 15.00
Distributed to Ministers 64.00
Total Spent $124.00 $124.00
Left in Treasury 6 Sets
MESSENGERS FALL SESSION 1925
Bear Creek — J. A. Barbee'% A. J. Furr, Harvey Almond.
Bethany — Represented by Elder J. F. Mills.
Conco-d — J. L. Overcash, J. F. Burrus, James Hinson
Clarks Grove — Elder Jason Eudy, Robt. Lee, G. W. Barbee.
Crooked Creek — Gilbert Benton, L. L. Little, Luther Williams.
Flat Lake — Lacy Craven, C. F. Dunn, O. F. Haywood
Freedom — Not represented.
High Hill— S. H. Edwards, G. W. Helms, C. A. Helms.
High Ridge — Grover Mills, John Smith, J. P. Rushing.
Howards Chapel — Arch Carpenter, S. L. Taylor, Thomas Howard.
Jerusalem — W. E. Moore, W. A. Helms, J. W. Edwards.
Jones Hill — Virgil Whitley, Walter Greene, A. A. Morton.
Liberty — Elder H. Taylor, J. B. Whitley, Oscar Broom.
Liberty Hill — John Crisco, C. W. Safiey, C. F. Morton.
Lawyers Spring — J. W. Jones, H. M. Baucom, W. A. Dry
Meadow Cieek — SIder D. S. Jones, H. A. Williams.
Mountain Creek — J. S. Misenheimer, W. R. Morton, W. P.
New Zion — E]lder W. A. Helms, S. M. Underwood, M. A. Helms,
Pleasant Hill — Henry Hope=^=, J. M. Taylor*, H. P. Cashion.
Pleasant Grove — L. L. Griffin, T. A. Helms, Lonnie Mills.
Philadelphia — Foster Beam, S. J. McKiney, William Daves.
Running C.eek — R. F. Almond, J. D. Eury, E. N. Hatley.
Union Grove — F. P. Deese, G. C. Baucom, L. W. Medlin.
Watson — T.oy Simpson, Oscar Mullis, Preston Helms.
Absentees marked thus
ANNUAL TABLE FOR 1 925 STATISTICS
C larks Grove
Mountain Creek ....
Totals 24 churches
11 13 580|$120.60
CHURCHES, CLERKS AND THEIR POSTOFFICES, 1924
Bear Creek — J. A. Barbee, Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C 1st in August
Bethany — Mrs. Fannie Safly, Rt. A, Wadesboro, N. C. 3d in Aug.
Concord — J. L. Overcash, Concord, N. C 3rd in Aug.
Clarks Grove — G. W. Barbee, Midlind, N. C 2nd in July
Crooked Creek — L. L. Little, Unionville, N. C 4th in July-
Freedom — J. W. Deese, Rt. 6, Albemarle, N. C.
Flat Lake— O. F. Haywood, Mt. Gilead, N. C 4th in July
High Hill — W. M. Clontz, Rt. 1, Unionville, N. C 1st in Sept.
Hi^h Ridge — J. B. Medlin, Rt. 1, Marshville, N. C. 3rd in July
Howards Chapel — Arch Carpenter, Rt. 1, Norwood, N. C. 1st Sept.
Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, Marshville, N. C 2nd in Aug.
Jones Hill — Walter Greene, Rt. 1, Oakboro, N. C 3.-d in Sept.
Liberty — J. B. Whitley, Rt. 7, Monroe, N. C.
Liberty Hill — C. F. Morton, Oakboro, N. C 4th in July
Lawyers Spring — H. M. Baucom, Peachland, N. C 1st in Aug.
Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams, Stanfield, N. C 3rd in Aug.
Mountain Cieek — J. S. Misenheimer, Rt. 2, Albemarle,
N. C 3rd in July
Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C 2nd in July
Pleasant Hill — H. P. Cashion, Rt. 2, Barber, N. C. 4th in June
New Zion-'J. P. Whitley, Harrisburg, N. C.
Philadelphia-FosterBeam, Ellenboro, N. C. 4th in Aug.
Running Creek — J. H. McClure, Rt. 1, Mt. Pleasant
N. C 2nd in Aug.
Union Grove — A. E. Little, Unionville, N. C 2nd in Sept.
Watson — S. L. Mullis, Rt. 2, Unionville, N. C 4th in May
NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF OUR ORDAINED MINISTERS
Elder J. F. Mills, Route 1, Marshville, N. C.
Elder W. C. Edwards, Wingate, N. C.
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C.
Elder B. L. Treece, Route 2, Albemarle, N. C.
Elder W. R. Helms, Mt. Pleasant, N. C.
Elder D. S. Jones, Stanfield, N. C.
Elder J. M. Bagwell, Monroe, N. C.
Elder Jason Eudy, Oakboro, N. C
Elder Will A. Helms, Rt. 7, Concord, N. C.
RULES OF DECORUM
1st. A Moderator, or Chief Speaker, and Clerk
may be chosen by the suffrages of the members pres-
2nd. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take
his seat at the hour to which the Association shall be
adjourned, and after prayer shall proceed to business.
It shall be his duty to keep order, and shall be entitled
to the same privilege of speech as that of another
member; provided, he appoint one of the members to
fill the chair during the exercise of such privilege, and
in no case shall give a vote unless the Association be
3rd. Only one micmber shall be allov/ed to speak at
a time, vv^ho shall rise from his ^eat and address the
Chief Speaker by the application of brother, and while
speaking shall confine himself strictly to the subject
in question and shall not be interrupted unless he di-
gress from the subject, and shall in no wise reflect on
any other speaker, so as to make remarks on his slips
and failings and imperfections, but shall fairly give
his own views of the case without sophistry or criticism
4th. No person shall speak more than three times
on one subject without leave of the Association.
5th. No person shall absent himself from the Asso-
ciation without leave.
6th. No member of the Association shall address
any other member by any other term or name than
that of brother.
7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not
interrupt one member to prohibit him from speaking
until his speech is finished, except he break the Rules
8th. The names of all members of the Association
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as
often as the Association may require.
Sth. Any member who shall willingly and know-
ingly break or violate any of the foregoing rules of
this Association, shall be reproved by the Association
in any way they may think proper.
ARTICLES OF FAITH
Article 1. We believe in one only living and true
God, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost.
Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first
of all God's creation and the pattern of all God's per-
fection in nature, providence, grace and glory, and
in relative union with the divine v\^ord, and thus united
with the whole Trinity.
Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and
New testaments contain the only written revealed
word of God, and are the only perfect rule of faith and
practice for God's church in her militant state while
here on earth.
Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that
God chose His church in Christ Jesus before the world
Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by
transgression in Adam, the federal head.
Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of original sin.
Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to re-
cover himself from his fallen state by his own free will
Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely
by grace and before God by faith in Christ and his
Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall
be called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the
Holy Spirit in due time.
Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere
in grace and never really fall away.
Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's
Supper are ordinances of Christ's appointment and
that believers alone are the subjects of baptism and the
only proper communicants of the supper; that the
mode of baptism is immersion, and that neither of the
ordinances is to be altered or changed by the inven-
tions or opinions of men.
Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has
any right to the administration of any of the ordinan-
ces of the gospel except such as are sound in the faith
of the gospel, regularly baptised, called of God and
have come under the imposition of hands by a regular
Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead,
both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment.
Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the
wicked will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous